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The Wild :

The Wild

blackriverphoto

Updated: Aug 29, 2010 4:07pm PST

Mentor Marsh and Fairport Harbor : Photos taken Aug. 2010 Mentor Ohio.  Mentor Marsh and Fairport Harbor Area.

Mentor Marsh and Fairport Harbor

RobertBodnarPhotos

Photos taken Aug. 2010 Mentor Ohio. Mentor Marsh and Fairport Harbor ...

Updated: Aug 28, 2010 6:30pm PST

Fun Fotos : Check out this photo of three Junco nestlings.

Fun Fotos

Dan

Check out this photo of three Junco nestlings.

Updated: Jul 30, 2010 5:20am PST

Mingo/Otter Slough : Otter Slough is in Stoddard County.  When early explorers were making their way across what would be southeastern Missouri, they saw a seemingly endless expanse of bottomland hardwood timber and an interconnecting complex of sloughs and St. Francis River oxbows. The New Madrid earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 caused Otter Slough, Fish Slough, Lick Creek and the Glades Swamp to combine into the large wetland now visited by thousands of migrating waterfowl. Amos Stoddard, whom the county was named for, described the region in 1812: "Nearly half of the lands... are covered with swamps and ponds, and periodically inundated. These swamps, filled with cypress, are mostly dry in the summer;... Many creeks or bayous take their rise in them, and... it is calculated that there are as many as 1 to every 15 miles." As the explorers moved on, westward expansion and settlement followed. Agricultural development was inevitable, and wetlands were converted to croplands. During the 1960s and 1970s, much of the land on and around Otter Slough was cleared, drained and graded for crop farming, resulting in the decline of both resident and migratory wildlife. Of the estimated original 320,000 acres of wetlands that once existed in Stoddard County only 6,884 acres remain today. Otter Slough is now one of only a few examples of a cypress/tupelo swamp left in Missouri. The cypress swamp, open marsh and flooded timber provide acorns, natural seeds, tubers, and invertebrates, all important waterfowl foods. Corn, wheat and sunflowers and other row crops are all used to maintain an open marsh condition and provide high energy food during winter months to sustain waterfowl during their long, migratory journeys. Duck numbers have reached 60,000 in the past. An average of 150,000 snow geese arrive annually with as many as 250,000 recorded in some years. Although the 4,886-acre area is managed primarily for migratory and wintering waterfowl, many wading birds, shorebirds, eagles, and wetland mammals make Otter Slough Conservation Area their home.

Mingo/Otter Slough

Gil-bear

Otter Slough is in Stoddard County. When early explorers were making ...

Updated: May 31, 2010 6:47am PST

Faces In Nature : When taking some macro images in the back yard I started to notices some faces in things like bark and rose hips, I processed the images using Topaz Adjust to try to bring the faces out.

Faces In Nature

Rick-Sellick

When taking some macro images in the back yard I started to notices so ...

Updated: May 09, 2010 8:30pm PST

New York Winter Wonderland :

New York Winter Wonderland

robt1126

Updated: Feb 28, 2010 2:34pm PST

Duck Season :

Duck Season

THayesPhotography

Updated: Jan 27, 2010 6:58am PST

In the Dead of Winter :

In the Dead of Winter

ROSEMARY

Updated: Jan 05, 2010 3:17pm PST

Camp Barakel Shear Lake, Fairview MI. 10-10-2009 : Photos Taken Oct. 2009 on Mens Retreat @ Camp Barakel, Fairview MI.

Camp Barakel Shear Lake, Fairview MI....

RobertBodnarPhotos

Photos Taken Oct. 2009 on Mens Retreat @ Camp Barakel, Fairview MI.

Updated: Nov 23, 2009 9:03am PST

Autumn Splendor : Autumn In New York

Autumn Splendor

robt1126

Autumn In New York

Updated: Nov 22, 2009 3:20pm PST